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FORM I-9 ANNOUNCEMENT: Temporary Policy for List B Identity Documents Amid COVID-19

COVID-19 stay-at-home orders have created challenges for employees seeking to renew a driver’s license, a state ID card, or other Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, List B identity document, as there are some restrictions on online renewal services. Given these challenges, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a temporary policy regarding expired List B … Continue Reading

Senators Urge President Trump to Restrict Guest Worker Programs

On May 7, 2020, four U.S. senators wrote a letter to President Trump, requesting that he suspend “all new guest worker visas” for 60 days, and others for a year “or until unemployment has returned to normal levels.” The requested changes to the guest worker program come amid all-time high unemployment in the United States … Continue Reading

May 2020 Visa Bulletin Shows Significant Advancement

The Department of State (DOS) May 2020 Visa Bulletin shows major advancements for some employment-based categories. Most notably, the final action date for EB-1 “all other” countries is current for the first time since July 2018. Also jumping to current from the final action of June 1, 2019, per last month’s visa bulletin, are EB-1 … Continue Reading

Closure Updates for U.S. Immigration Agencies and Restrictions on International Travel

Update:  USCIS extends its closure to June 4. With the spread of COVID-19 and the attempt to prevent its spread, in addition to the travel bans in place by the President, U.S. government agencies are starting to shut down.  Furthermore, other countries are starting to follow suit and shut its borders in an attempt to … Continue Reading

Important Update on Visa Rescheduling Due to the Coronavirus

Due to the coronavirus outbreak throughout China, a number of heavily infected Chinese cities, including Wuhan, are under quarantine, whereas many other parts of China have imposed certain types of travel restrictions in an attempt to limit the spread of the virus. On Jan. 28, 2020, the U.S. Consulate General of Hong Kong & Macau … Continue Reading

Poland Designated 39th Member Country in Visa Waiver Program

As reported previously, President Trump announced that his administration has nominated Poland as a Visa Waiver Program (VWP) participating country. Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan formally announced the designation of Poland into the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) . On Nov. 11, 2019, Polish citizens and nationals will have the ability to apply for … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig Sponsors 2019 Samsung Gives Charity Gala

Greenberg Traurig recently sponsored the 2019 Samsung Gives Charity Gala in New York City. With hundreds of guests in attendance, including musicians, athletes, and celebrities, this program is dedicated to celebrating worthy causes, furthering community impact, and honoring organizations and the people who work so hard every single day to make the world a better place. … Continue Reading

OMB Releases Spring Unified Regulatory Agenda; Provides Update on EB-5 and Other Pending Regulations

Today, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released the bi-annual Spring 2019 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions.    As set forth in a Federal Register notice and using the Department of Homeland Security as an example, the Unified Agenda is explained as follows:  This regulatory agenda is a semiannual summary of projected … Continue Reading

DHS Publishes Final Rule for H-1B Lottery

On Nov. 30, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security issued the notice of proposed rulemaking to amend its H-1B cap-subject lottery process. On Jan. 31, 2019, USCIS will publish the final rule after a 30-day comment period. The final rule encompasses a pre-registration process and a modified selection process. The registration process will be suspended for FY … Continue Reading

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap Petitions

Starting on Monday, Jan. 28, USCIS will resume premium processing for all fiscal year (FY) 2019 H-1B cap petitions, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption (the Master Cap). This applies to any H-1B cap petition filed in or before April 2018. Any petitioner who has received requests for evidence (RFEs) regarding their pending … Continue Reading

DOL Implements New LCA Form Effective Nov. 19, 2018

The Labor Condition Application (LCA) Form, ETA 9035, is a required form for non-immigrant visa categories including the H-1B, H-1B1 (Chile/Singapore) and E-3 (Australia). Pursuant to The Department of Labor’s plans to better protect American workers, confront fraud, and increase transparency, a new version of the LCA form took effect on Nov. 19, 2018. This form includes … Continue Reading

USCIS Publishes a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Remove Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 VISA Holders

As an update (to this recent posting), we clarify that USCIS recently indicated in the Fall Unified Agenda the posting of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in November 2018 (see RIN 1615-AC15) on this regulation. Please check back as this and other H-1B regulatory actions are anticipated in the near future. U.S. Department of Homeland … Continue Reading

USCIS Visa Bulletin Coming January 2016

On December 14, 2015, USCIS released an updated Visa Bulletin chart listing the dates to file adjustment of status applications starting in January, 2016.  Applicants can use the charts issued by USCIS as a guide to determine whether visas in particular categories are available for them and whether they are eligible to file I-485 adjustment … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig Ranks No. 1 on Law360’s “The 10 Most Charitable Law Firms”

Law360 conducted a survey to identify the 10 law firms that made the largest charitable donations in 2014.  Greenberg Traurig ranked No. 1 with over 7 million dollars in charitable donations.  Greenberg Traurig attorneys from across the firm regularly help the neediest on matters as wide-reaching as human rights and economic development, and as personal … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig Presents at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Philadelphia Chapter

Greenberg Traurig attorney, Matthew Galati, recently presented at the AILA Philadelphia Chapter’s 2015 CLE Conference.  Galati provided an overview of pending legislation, discussing AILA’s platform, and outlining the benefits to employers students and investors of the recently introduced  American Entrepreneurship and Investment Act of 2015 and the Immigration Innovation Act of 2015. Galati also addressed … Continue Reading

Africa’s Climb in the World Market and the Ancillary Impact on Immigration Compliance

U.S. exports to Africa have increased substantially over the last several years.  A U.S. Department of Commerce report showing the top U.S. trade partners shows a 27.1% increase in exports to Nigeria in the last year alone.  In contrast, other regions of the world show a negative growth in exports from the U.S., including the … Continue Reading
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